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TIME magazine columnist and bestselling author Joe Klein is one of America’s best political journalists, a provocative and probing analyst of events in our nation’s capital and abroad. The New York Times proclaimed, “Klein possesses one of the more musical ears in American politics, a gift for hearing what others miss.”
His weekly column, “In the Arena,” and blog posts for TIME cover US politics, elections, and foreign policy. In an age of "armchair columnists," he insists on reporting the facts for himself, traveling to combat zones — including frequent trips to Afghanistan, Iran, and the Middle East — and on campaign buses at home during his popular road trip series. “In the Arena” has won two National Headliner Awards for best magazine column.
A veteran of 10 presidential campaigns, Klein has been praised for his “dogged reporting, a thorough, subtle grasp of issues, and a clear-eyed, compelling style.” He is the rare political junkie who loves the intricacies of policy-making and who has extensive sources not only within the US Government but throughout the world.
Klein wrote the #1 bestseller, Primary Colors, as “Anonymous.” The New York Times Book Review called it “one of the best political novels to appear in the latter half of the 20th Century;” it later became a major motion picture.
His other books include: The Running Mate; The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton; and Politics Lost, an analysis of the last 35 years of American politics and what Klein calls the “pollster-consultant industrial complex."
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Klein a frequent guest on The Chris Matthews Show, CNN, and MSNBC. Early in his career, he wrote for Rolling Stone, New York, Newsweek, and The New Yorker.
Klein has written more than 25 cover stories for TIME. Since 2010, he has taken a series of annual election "road trips" across America, driving through regions of the country to interview voters, politicians, and community leaders about the nation's most important concerns.
His latest book, Charlie Mike, tells the inspirational true story of two decorated combat veterans' return from the Middle East and how they continued to serve their country through public service.
Is American Democracy Guaranteed?
Klein will explore the waning of public citizenry in our country over the past 70 years, a period marked broadly by peace and prosperity. He will detail how marketing has destroyed public integrity and how new entertainment and “information” options have eviscerated the sense of community necessary for an enlightened public square. He will also outline a course of action to help us move forward.
Full Metal Citizenship: Leading Change — From the Battlefield to Main Street
The culmination of 40 years of journalism, Joe Klein’s new book, Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home, is one of the most hopeful and inspiring stories in years. Klein recounts the dramatic return of two larger-than-life war heroes who use their military discipline and values to save others at home. He has discovered models of leadership among our best and brightest in uniform, officers who believe in “active citizenship” and making a real difference in their communities.
In his new speech, “Full Metal Citizenship: Leading Change — From the Battlefield to Main Street,” Klein describes his mission of joy: watching, documenting, and talking about the great efforts of veterans as they continue their mission at home and reinvigorate the country. At a time when optimism is rare, Klein delivers a story of lives saved — not wasted — and a message of hope for the future of the country.
The Middle East Puzzle: How the Pieces Fit Together
Health & Politics: What I Learned From the Last Days of My Mom and Dad
TIME magazine columnist Joe Klein has reported on politics and health, but he recently gained a first-hand understanding of how the US healthcare system operates as he watched his own parents’ health deteriorate. Faced with making decisions on their behalf, Klein investigated the differences between traditional and accountable healthcare models, researching facts and figures, and talking with professionals from across the field. As the medical world evolves, can accountable healthcare replace the traditional fee-for-service model? Klein discusses both models, sharing his personal journey and desire to add dignity to the US’ definition of patient care, along with the political factors that currently influence the nation’s health.
On the Road in America with Joe Klein
Joe Klein has been hitting the road to find out what people are thinking outside the Beltway. His annual election “road trips” across the country have taken him from Los Angeles to New York, from Texas to Iowa, and most recently, a Southern swing ahead of the midterm elections.
Along the way he’s been meeting with politicians and community leaders as well as readers of his work who have invited him into their homes and businesses to talk about how they’re faring in these difficult times — and what they think about our politics, our politicians, and the challenges facing America.
Mr. Klein will show video clips from his road trips during this special lecture that is part political and cultural commentary, and part vox populi and lessons learned from his memorable travels across the U.S.A. Note: Mr. Klein will share the songs from his road trip playlist (Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett, The Beatles, etc.), which his hosts are welcome to play in the venue for attendees before and after the program.